This is only a small bit of the History we have collected, be sure to stop by & visit our History Room.
Liberty Pole is a town with ghosts. Many traveler on highway 82 from Viroqua to DeSoto may have missed the village entirely in the blinking of an eye, with hardly a thought that the place was once a stopover on a long journey, but if you drive through slowly, the ghosts rush out to meet you as soon as you enter, by either the “valley” or “ridge” roads, and if you put your imagination to work, it is easy to see the bustling community of Bad Ax as it was in the fifties.
Early day travelers on the Black River Road between Black River Falls & Prairie du Chien - in the pioneer days of horseback riders, stage coaches & cattle drives - used this community as a stopover on an arduous & dusty journey.
The Black River Road followed the ridge between the Bad Axe & Kickapoo Rivers & the time required to travel its entire length was usually three days.
The traveler would however in his drive down the long and curving road through the community be impressed by the red brick Viroqua Area Schools Liberty Pole Center built in 1962 & closed in 2004.
On the other end of the community in the Liberty Pole Cheese Factory, which was founded by Lee Lepley in 1906.
Midway between the two is the Liberty Pole Store, which in 1847 was the first post office in the county.
Liberty Pole was known as a sanctuary for slaves during the Civil War. There were underground railroad movements to the North as the American flags were raised & freedom celebrations included Liberty Pole.
The house located next to the general store is a 1912 Four Square Sears mail ordered home delivered by train to Viroqua & hauled by wagon to its present location.